AURORA | Aurora police released surveillance video Thursday showing a van pulling in front of an RTD A-Line train early Tuesday morning seconds before the train smashed the van, killing the driver.
Police have said they believe the driver, who the Adams County coroner identified Thursday as Billy Ray Guinn, 57, may have deliberately caused the crash, which also left several people on the train injured.
The coroner’s office has not ruled Guinn’s death a suicide and said the cause and manner of his death remain under investigation.
Police on Thursday also asked for witnesses who saw the crash to come forward. Police are asking any witnesses to call Detective Steve Chinn with the Traffic Investigations Section at 303-739-6342.
The video shows the driver pull up to the tracks at about 3:30 a.m. Feb. 14, wait more than 30 seconds, then pull a few feet forward at the last second, into the path of an oncoming train.
“Investigators have now focused their investigations into whether or not the actions of the driver were intentional,” police said in a statement.
RTD released an email statement defending the operation of the entrance and exit gates located at the intersection with tracks. (Capitalization added by RTD for emphasis.)
“It is extremely important to note that the crossing’s ENTRANCE gates activate properly – behind the van that drove into the intersection and stopped – and well before the train enters the intersection and impacts the van,” the statement read. “There are other angles that show the crossing’s EXIT gates, that also activated properly, by remaining open (to allow a vehicle that is inside the entrance gates to escape the intersection prior to the arrival of the train) and then the exit gates properly close.”
“The distinction between the entrance gates versus the exit gates is very important, otherwise it will likely give the absolutely incorrect impression regarding the proper functioning of the gates at that intersection,” RTD added in the statement.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect comments from RTD.